What are your options if you need a lawyer’s advice but you cannot pay a retainer? This is a common situation. One solution is to hire an attorney to provide unbundled legal services.
Unbundled legal services can operate in many different ways depending on a client’s needs. For example, if a client is involved in a dissolution of marriage (divorce) case and needs an attorney to advise him on how to create a reasonable parenting plan, the client might be able to hire the attorney for that specific purpose. Often, when an attorney is providing unbundled legal services, the attorney will not attend Court proceedings with the client, but will provide advice and can help draft documents.
A major advantage to unbundled legal services is that it allows a client to seek an attorney’s advice and to limit the scope of the attorney’s representation. This type of legal service is generally less expensive than hiring an attorney to represent a client throughout an entire case.
Importantly, unbundled legal services are not always the right answer. If a client has a very complex case, it is likely more appropriate to hire an attorney for the entire matter.
Our firm routinely provides unbundled legal services and is happy to discuss whether this is appropriate for your case.
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